Lakes Culture 2017 Calendar of Events

Lakes Culture 2017 calendar of events Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal (photo by Tony West) LAND | SEA | LIFE at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal Orange Field – © Estate of Percy Kelly, showing at Percy Kelly: Line of Beauty, A Retrospective at Tullie House from 23 September 2017 - 28 January 2018

Diaries at the ready… 2017 is another exciting year of outstanding culture in the beautiful Lake District! This world renowned cultural landscape provides an abundance of inspiration and exploration throughout the year, with its vibrant literary legacy and the UK’s first forest for sculpture.

For further Cumbrian cultural delights, 2017 has provided an impressive line-up of art, music, performance and festivals. From celebrations of literature and comic art to Gruffalos and great theatre – there’s some Lakes Culture for everyone!

So check out our Lakes Culture calendar for 2017 and start planning your cultural adventures in the Lake District…

Cumbria proudly presents an extravaganza of inspiring cultural events throughout 2017!

// A RAKE’S PROGRESS BY DAVID HOCKNEY – Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Until 22 December 2017

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal
A Rake’s Progress by David Hockney at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal

Abbot Hall Art Gallery also presents a rare opportunity to see A Rake’s Progress by David Hockney, a splendid collection of artworks in a beautifully intimate gallery space. With a career now spanning 6 decades, David Hockney is one of the most successful and widely recognised British artists of his generation. A Rake’s Progress is a series of 16 skillfully executed etching and aquatint prints drawing on Hockney’s experience as a visitor to New York in their narrative, featuring a semi-autobiographical character. Don’t miss it!

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// LAND | SEA | LIFE – Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Until 17 February 2018

See 70 works by over 40 leading artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Laura Knight in this fascinating collection. The show also features a number of works by Edward Burra (1905-1976), an English artist who has not previously been exhibited at Abbot Hall Art Gallery. LAND | SEA | LIFE is an exhibition of works, curated by Abbot Hall Art Gallery, on loan from The Ingram Collection, which is recognised as one of the UK’s most significant collections of Modern British Art.

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// PERCY KELLY: LINE OF BEAUTY, A RETROSPECTIVE – Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

Saturday 23 September – Sunday 28 January 2018

Crosby Villas – © Estate of Percy Kelly, showing atCrosby Villas – © Estate of Percy Kelly, showing at Percy Kelly: Line of Beauty, A Retrospective at Tullie House from 23 September 2017 - 28 January 2018
Crosby Villas by Percy Kelly – © Estate of Percy Kelly

This major retrospective celebrates the extraordinary talent of Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly (1918-1993). For the first time major examples of Kelly’s artistic output are brought together in a rich display of over 100 works, many of which have not been on display before. The exhibition spans over 65 years from 1928 aged 9 up to his death in 1993 aged 74.

The exhibition is specially curated by Chris Wadsworth, the leading expert on the life and work of Percy Kelly.

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// LAKELAND SINFONIA CONCERTS – Kendal, South Lakes

October 2017 – April 2018

Jonathon Heyward (photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer)
Jonathon Heyward (photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer)

The Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society is an Arts Council sponsored charity which promotes orchestral concerts in Kendal. From October to April it brings internationally renowned orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle, the Manchester Camerata and Royal Northern Sinfonia to the South Lakes with internationally esteemed musicians. It also promotes the local Lakeland Sinfonia, giving local musicians the opportunity to work with great conductors and soloists.

For more information about the concerts and booking details, please visit the Lakeland Sinfonia website

// THE GREAT PRINT EXHIBITION – Rheged, Penrith

Friday 17 November 2017 – Sunday 18 February 2018

Gamrie Seatown by Bryan Angus at The Great Print Exhibition 2017
Gamrie Seatown by Bryan Angus at The Great Print Exhibition 2017

This major exhibition of printmaking in all its forms is the largest of its kind in the UK. Featuring over 350 artworks by more than 60 printmakers, The Great Print Exhibition at Rheged is a excellent opportunity to buy original artworks, watch printmakers in action and discover more about print as an art form.

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// KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – Various venues in Kendal

16 – 19 November 2017

Kendal Mountain Festival (photo Stuart Holmes Photography)
Kendal Mountain Festival (photo Stuart Holmes Photography)

The award-winning Kendal Mountain Festival is the UK’s premier mountain film festival and is the most diverse event for outdoor enthusiasts in the world.

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// THE SECRET GARDEN – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

24 November 2017 – 13 January 2018

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett - adapted by Jessica Swale
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett – adapted by Jessica Swale

The Secret Garden, directed by Liz Stevenson, is this year’s family friendly Christmas production at Theatre by the Lake. It’s 1920, and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury in India with her aristocratic parents. But when an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned, she is sent to live with an unknown uncle in Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors.

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// LAKES CULTURE DATES FOR 2018

MASTERPIECE – CLAUDE MONET, HAYSTACKS: SNOW EFFECT, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal: 12 January – 28 April 2018

NORTHUMBRIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL ON TOUR, The Wordsworth Hotel and St Oswald’s Church, Grasmere: 23 and 24 January 2018

WOMEN’S LIVES THROUGH LETTERS, Dove Cottage, Grasmere: 1 February – 19 March 2018

KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL, Alhambra Cinema and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick: 22 – 25 February 2018

WHERE POPPIES BLOW, Wordsworth House & Gardens, Cockermouth: Saturday 10 March to Sunday 28 October 2018

ASKHAM HALL MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND, Askham, near Penrith: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 February 2018

WORDS BY THE WATER, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick: 9 – 18 March 2018

PRINTFEST, Coronation Hall, Ulverston: 5 – 6 May 2018

KESWICK JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL, Various, Keswick: Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018

FREERANGE COMEDY FESTIVAL, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal: May 2018 (date TBC)

2018 SUMMER SEASON, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick: May – November 2018 (date TBC

LAKE DISTRICT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, various venues in south Lake District: Saturday, 28 July – Friday, 10 August 2018

C-ART, various venues in Cumbria: September 2018 (date TBC)

KENDAL CALLING, Lowther Deer Park, Penrith: 26 – 29 July 2018

LAKES ALIVE, Kendal: September 2018 (date TBC)

THE LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL, various venues in Kendal: 12 – 14 October 2018

WINTER DROVING, Penrith: October 2018 (date TBC)

KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, various venues in Kendal: November 2018 (date TBC)

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